Baraw – Knife
The Filipinos have developed knife training to a very high level, however most would recommend that if faced with a knife the best option is to run and the second option is to find an equaliser with the third option being to defend your self with empty hands, consequently knife training can be categorised into two areas with either a skilled or unskilled opponent being encountered in a confrontation;
- Offensive knife – fighting
- Knife defence
The first scenario we are going to analyse is offensive knife fighting in which both you and your opponent have a knife, you are skilled and the opponent is unskilled.
- Limb destruction
- follow up thrusts
- Use of live hand
The next scenario would be knife versus empty hands with you been skilled with the knife and the opponent is unskilled with the empty hands.
- Against the jab
- Against the cross
- Against the hook
- Against high kicks
The next scenario would be knife versus knife with both you and the opponent being skilled which is essentially scientific knife fighting. In order to not get killed or severely injured you need to exhibit the following characteristics.
- Tight – Quick retracting attack
- Keep knife central
- Mobile footwork
- Effective feinting
The last scenario when you and your opponent are skilled but must defend with empty hands which is the worst case scenario in this situation you must employ the following tactics.
- Hands in tight
The next block of material will look at scenarios were your opponent delivers a committed stab, this may occur in two possible ways, the first being when the opponent grabs some part of your body and the other is when he attacks without grabbing.
- Wrist grab and stab
- Throat grab and stab
- Neck grab and stab
- Angle 1 stab – V lock
- Angle 2 stab – figure four lock
- Angle 5 stab – reverse figure four eagle wing block
- Angle 6 slash – double rear arm bar
In addition to disarming and locking it is important to be able strangle/choke your opponent , however most clothing based and naked chokes are considered dangerous against the knife, the Filipinos only use the following three chokes against a knife attack
- Side strangle
- Frontal strangle
- Rear choke arm bar.
Knife flow drills are also taught to help develop attributes such as reflexes, hand eye coordination, and sensitivity.
- Pit – Al
- Tapi – Tapi
Advanced Baraw – Knife
Advanced knife refers to more detailed use of the live hand particularly as a tool for countering along with defences, disarms, locks and projectiles.
Counters to a defence
- Normal block
Counters to disarm
- Low backhand forearm strip – right
- Low backhand forearm strip – left
- Low backhand forearm strip centre line
- High forehand strip – right
Counter to a lock
- Arm clip
- Figure 4
- Eagle wing block